Golden Gate Bridge Has Become Safer For Drivers

Jeffrey Schaub
March 02, 2020 - 12:15 pm
Cars drive over the Golden Gate Bridge

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The movable median installed on the Golden Gate Bridge five years ago has proven to be 100% successful, according to bridge managers.

The steel barrier has prevented vehicles from crossing into opposite lanes of traffic. Between 1970 and 2015, there were 128 head-on crashes, with 16 fatalities. After the barrier was installed in 2015, that number went down to zero.

Unlike most other Bay Area spans, where opposing lanes were separated by a solid divider or by upper and lower decks like the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge had no such separating entity prior to 2015.

KCBS Radio traffic reporter Bob Pryor has been covering the road since 1996, and he says not having to report those fatalities anymore is “terrific.”

“I mean, it really was terrible for us as traffic reporters because we would hear there’s been a head-on on the Golden Gate Bridge,” Pryor said. “There would just be awful injuries that would frequently be fatalities, and it would destroy the commute for two, three or four hours.”

The California Highway Patrol added, however, that since the barrier was installed, there have been more speeders on the bridge. The divider has perhaps created a sense of security, enticing drivers to accelerate and leading to fender benders. 

The CHP and bridge patrols have been more aggressive in targeting speeders on the span.